Saints wing Noah Cato has agreed to join Championship high-flyers Newcastle Falcons until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old wing has played just one game for Northampton this season: The 39-17 humbling at London Irish.
He has made a total of 10 appearances since joining from Saracens in 2011, finding regular rugby hard to come by.
But Cato could get that with the Falcons, who currently top the Championship by 20 points and look certain to be promoted back to the Premiership.
And he said: “I am delighted to join Newcastle Falcons, and this is a good opportunity to get back to playing regular rugby.
“To be a part of a club with the ambition of returning back to the Premiership presents an exciting time ahead for me.
“To assist in realising that goal will be a fulfilling experience.”
“The club is very fortunate to have such great facilities, and what was immediately apparent to me was the warm welcome that I received.”
Cato is available for selection for Newcastle’s game at Rotherham on Saturday.